Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara Review

While I enjoy a good luxury makeup item, when it comes to mascara, I like to save my money. There have only been one or two mascaras in the past that have been worth the extra money, so I’m happy to stick to a mascara that costs less than $10, especially when I’m replacing it every few months. This philosophy has been tested recently though, after trying out Givenchy’s newest mascara.

I was lucky enough to receive the newest mascara from Givenchy, Noir Interdit, as a PR sample recently. It claims to create a “lash extension effect and buildable volume” thanks to its unique bendable brush. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations. I thought it would be like the other luxury mascaras that promise a lot, but rarely live up to the hype and never up to the price tag. However, from the first time that I tried it, I knew I had found a winner.

This mascara is unlike any other that I’ve tried. Not only does the wand bend to a 90° angle, but the brush is completely different too. Rather than having bristles that go all the way around like a typical mascara wand, the bristles (which are plastic) are placed only on one side, which reminds me of a toothbrush or hair brush. I tend not to like gimmicky mascara wands, so I wasn’t sure how good it would work. I found that there’s something about the bristles that apply the perfect amount of mascara to my lashes and gives them the length and definition that I always look for. I was also pleasantly surprised that it held a curl better than almost any other mascara I’ve ever used (similarly to Benefit’s Roller Lash), likely because the formula isn’t too thick or heavy. There was also no flaking or smudging (which really should be outlawed by now).

The cons? Besides the price ($38.00 CA at Sephora), I had a really hard time finding anything wrong with this mascara. I will say that although I love how this wand applies the product to my upper lashes, I don’t think it’s as good for the bottom ones. Obviously that won’t be a con for everyone, but as someone who applies mascara to the bottom lashes every time, it was noticeable to me (but not a deal breaker, as I have plenty of cheap mascaras that do the job just fine).

It’s always great to find an amazing mascara, but part of me is sad that this one was so good, because I certainly won’t be shelling out $40 for it every few months. If you have the budget, struggle with finding a mascara that won’t weigh down your lashes and love the look of length and definition, I would highly recommend Givenchy’s Noir Interdit Mascara. If not, I’d say save your pennies and pick up your favourite drugstore mascara instead.

Have you tried Givenchy’s Noir Interdit Mascara? What’s your go-to mascara?